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"Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out"

​September 2014 is Recovery Month

The Birth of Hands Across the Bridge​

Hands across the Bridge at dawn

In 2002, Patty Katz and Louise Wedge, with the support of the Recovery Association Project and the recovery community, stood across the I-5 bridge at dawn. This act was to celebrate their journey that had taken them from the darkness of their addictions -- under the bridge -- to the light they had found in a life celebrating their recovery -- on top of the bridge. This moment marked the birth of Hands Across the Bridge.

The Hands Across the Bridge event takes place in September to celebrate National Recovery Month. At the first event, more than a decade​ ago, there were 200 people on the bridge. It has since grown to 2,453 people participating last year. This year will be a bitter sweet event. The Hands Across the Bridge Project lost its long-time board member Tony Perkins in January 2014. He was also one of the main organizers of the O​xfest. Before his passing he worked hard to bring the Oxford House World Convention to Oregon and to coordinate having Hands Across the Bridge happen at the closing of the world convention. This year’s special guest is Ivette Torres, the Director of Consumer Affairs at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA)in Washington, D.C.


  • September 5 – Salem, Marion Square Park
    • 551 Commercial St., N.E., Salem, 2 to 7 p.m.
  • September 13 – Albany, Montieth Park
    • N.W. Water Ave., Albany, Noon to 5 p.m.
  • September 14 – Portland and Vancouver, I-5 Bridge
    • 909 N. Hayden Island Dr., Jantzen Beach, 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
    • 415 W. 6 St., Esther Short Park, Vancouver, 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.


Oregon September 2014 as Recovery Month Proclamation​

SAMSHA National Recovery Month Website

​Provider Events

Central City Concern - Free Screening of The Anonymous People 09/23/2014  Trailer​ - Portland

Foundations for Recovery - Drive Out Drugs Fair 09/27/2014​ - Medford

10th Annual Jackson County Recovery Fair - 9/25/2014​ - Medford

For more information 

Visit: http://handsacrossthebridge.org/ ; or

Email: patty_katz@msn.com ; or

Call: Oregon 503-548-3644 – Washington 360-903-4645